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Miki Biasion’s life reads like a novel. He is one of the greatest drivers in the history of rallying and became the only Italian to have won the world...
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Miki Biasion’s life reads like a novel. He is one of the greatest drivers in the history of rallying and became the only Italian to have won the world rally championship twice, in 1988 and 1989 driving Lancia Deltas. From his early years in an Opel Kadett GTE to victory in the Monte Carlo and Kenya Safari rallies, Miki won 17 world championship events as well as the World Cup Raid Tout Terrain, the punishing African races like the Dakar in 1998 and 1999 driving an Iveco Eurocargo truck. Recollections, anecdotes, behind the scenes happenings are all here in a book written by journalist Beppe Donazzan, which is a succession of exciting and unprecedented pages, in which many little known facts emerge about the life of one of the all time great champions of world rallying.

Products specifications
Binding Hardbound
Pages 224
Size cm. 14x23
Photos 53 COL e B/N
Publishing Date 2010
Text Italian
Author Biasion Miki
Author Donazzan Beppe
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